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Americans Buy 14 MILLION Guns Since 2009!
All this was so obvious, so predictable. America is at a crossroads. Occupy Wall Street buildup has emerged as America’s last great hope to restore democracy. Last week when USA Today called the Occupiers a “ragtag assortment of college kids, labor unionists, conspiracy theorists and others” hinting they’re a flash-in-the-pan “devoid of remedies,” I smiled, reminded of that famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas 1776, leading what historians also called a “ragtag” Continental Army, surprising the British, and winning the Battle of Trenton.
America’s collective conscience wants true democracy restored: Yes, USA Today sees a “ragtag” army: No mission, no goals, no organization, no agenda, no leaders, and no staying power. Wrong. Look deeper: The Occupiers are the voice of America’s collective conscience demanding a return to our 1776 roots, to a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Our collective inner voice knows America’s moral compass is broken. We’ve become a government “of, by and for” special interests, the wealthiest 1%, Wall Street insiders, CEOs and Forbes-400 billionaires. It happened fast: In one generation the Super Rich grabbed “absolute power,” killing the middle class American dream.
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Neither the politicians nor the bankers nor the corporations get it. They don’t understand. They have no idea.
Their feet are so far off the ground with their heads in the clouds, they are all so far divorced from reality and cannot see what the problem is.
Occupy Wall Street can, that’s why they are there, occupying Wall Street.
I just read this on BBC News:
“Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has raised $14m (£9m) for his campaign in the third quarter, close to the $17m raised by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Both have around $15m cash in hand, but their fundraising totals for the third quarter were dwarfed by President Barack Obama’s $70m in the same period.”
THIS TYPE OF THING IS THE PROBLEM!
Where did this money come from? Did it grow on trees? Did God send it? Have the Feds’ printing presses been busy again?
This money is obscene. The source will probably never be known… truthfully. If this money has come from corporate America, then it is a disgusting example of buying the next president to do their corporate bidding for them so they get richer and richer at the expense of the 99%.
A Clear Demonstration
In Private, Wall St. Bankers Dismiss Protesters as Unsophisticated
Publicly, bankers say they understand the anger at Wall Street — but believe they are misunderstood by the protesters camped on their doorstep.
But when they speak privately, it is often a different story.
“Most people view it as a ragtag group looking for sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll,” said one top hedge fund manager.
“It’s not a middle-class uprising,” adds another veteran bank executive. “It’s fringe groups. It’s people who have the time to do this.”
As the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations have grown and spread to other cities, an open question is: Do the bankers get it? Their different worldview speaks volumes about the wide chasms that have opened over who is to blame for the continuing economic malaise and what is best for the country.
Some on Wall Street viewed the protesters with disdain, and a degree of caution, as hundreds marched through the financial district on Friday. Others say they feel their pain, but are befuddled about what they are supposed to do to ease it. A few even feel personally attacked, and say the Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been in Zuccotti Park for weeks are just bitter about their own economic fate and looking for an easy target. If anything, they say, people should show some gratitude.
Read the rest of this pathetic story on New York Times.
None of the people who are the problem have any idea that they are the problem; from bankers, Wall Street, CEOs, corporations right up to the president of the USA and ALL those in congress have an iota of an idea. They are so morally corrupt that all they can do is ask, a plaintiff why? Shake their heads and keep doing the same thing.
Another example from the NYT:
He (a fund manager) added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.
Blatantly admitting they have BROUGHT at least two senators. Those two senators should be in jail, but nooooooo…. they sit in congress and decide whose life to ruin next.
More from the NYT:
Similarly, executives keep getting generous payouts when they leave. Just last week, Bank of America disclosed it was paying a total of $11 million in severance to two executives forced out in a management reshuffle, Sallie Krawcheck and Joe Price, even as the company said it would begin laying off roughly 30,000 employees over the next few years.
$11 million in severance! And where are the jobs? Noooo. they are laying off 30,000. So much for job creation.
“There is a view that it will be a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing,” said one financial industry official.
But no more, go and read it for yourself on the above link.
The upshot is THEY don’t understand and they will be taken to the gallows, perplexed, asking, “What did I do?”
Yes, the snowball is rolling, gathering global momentum, Occupy Wall Street bringing the Arabian Spring to the Americas is spreading across the face of the planet.
It seems like it is not just the Arabs with their dictators, nor the Americans with their financial woes that are dissatisfied with the status quo.
Whether linked to OWS or not, protests are being organised and held in about 82 countries; that represents almost half of the world’s nations..
This is a clear indication that the end game is nigh. The king is about to fall.
Governments have to realise they are permitting the police to arrest the wrong people.
Throughout the USA protests are being felt, in Madrid and Rome. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Athens and Berlin. At least 1,000 people demonstrated in London’s financial district. Earlier, hundreds of people marched in the New Zealand cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch while in the Australian city of Sydney, some 2,000 people – including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionists – gathered outside the central Reserve Bank of Australia. “Occupy” protests have also been held in South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Israel also hit by summer of protests over high cost of living, although not yet aligned with OWS.
The fuse has been lit. Initially it sputtered along, but has taken hold as it burns fiercely toward the time bomb created by the 1%, and when it reaches – he explosion will be heard across the Earth. There will be a reckoning like there has never been before and those accountable will be delivered.
Central bankers and finance ministers are proudly doing things that they used to be punished for.
Henry II brought his bankers together in 1124; the ‘Assize of Moneyers’. Those found guilty of debasing the coinage – an earlier form of quantitative easing – were castrated and had their had their right hands cut off.
What can you say about that kind of monetary policy? It worked.
History is set to repeat itself, if the Real 1% do not respond. In the great French Revolution, Marie Antoinette stated that she is the 1%, and said “If there is not bread, let them eat cake”. She then got just rewards from the 99%, the Guillotine.
99% to Bankers: We’ve Got the Guillotine!
I have been following the Occupy Wall Street progress over the last few weeks like many.
It has been pointed out by people more in the know than I that this protest is different from all the others whereby people protested and went home, however this time they’re not.
I have read many reports, newspapers, seen YouTube clips, heard speeches, etc and have come to the conclusion that the people who criticise the OWS are the ones that myopically are in the wrong. They are, or they support the 1%.
One of the main criticisms is that the leaderless OWS doesn’t have an agenda, a list of demands. I find this quite correct; they don’t need a list of demands, a specified agenda to say that something (in this case many things) are seriously wrong.
The 1%, inc government, inc president, inc etc… know what is wrong. They don’t need a bloody agenda to tell them, they know already, and have known for decades.
OWS is the people simply saying “Fix it!”
The unwritten, unsaid rider is, “Because, if you don’t we will!”
And I do believe the time has come that OWS will; and it won’t be pretty.
The 1% at fault, inc et al, should be quaking in their boots. They should be frothing at bung, their sphincters should be quivering 90 to the minute and they should be sweating as the noose tightens.
Because this is not going to ‘go away.’ The 1% think they are bullet proof because they own the government and the government will be the cavalry that wade in to save the day. But when push comes to shove, the 99% are greater than all the forces the government can muster. Oh, they will try, it will be bloody, but necks will be stretched until the last of the 1% piss their pants on the scaffold of justice.
This is not just America, this is becoming global. In fact this didn’t even start in America, this OWS started in Tunisia and Egypt as the Arab Spring and spread. Even here in Brazil 16 capital cities saw mass protests over corruption this weekend, are we also seeing the beginning of a Latin Spring?
The people do not need to announce an agenda nor a list of demands. The people who are in the wrong already know what’s wrong. The people who can fix it, already know how to fix it. But the big question is, will they?
From what I have seen and read, the OWS is the government, they are the politicians, they are trying to rescue their lot as best they can, because the elected morons are too busy squabbling over their seats to worry about the people.
My view of the global political arena is that it can be compared to a circus… why? Because it’s full of freakin’ clowns!
(CNN) — Like the spokesmen for Arab dictators feigning bewilderment over protesters’ demands, mainstream television news reporters finally training their attention on the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement seem determined to cast it as the random, silly blather of an ungrateful and lazy generation of weirdos. They couldn’t be more wrong and, as time will tell, may eventually be forced to accept the inevitability of their own obsolescence.
To be fair, the reason why some mainstream news journalists and many of the audiences they serve see the Occupy Wall Street protests as incoherent is because the press and the public are themselves. It is difficult to comprehend a 21st century movement from the perspective of the 20th century politics, media, and economics in which we are still steeped.
Yes, there are a wide array of complaints, demands, and goals from the Wall Street protesters: the collapsing environment, labor standards, housing policy, government corruption, World Bank lending practices, unemployment, increasing wealth disparity and so on. Different people have been affected by different aspects of the same system — and they believe they are symptoms of the same core problem.
Are they ready to articulate exactly what that problem is and how to address it? No, not yet. But neither are Congress or the president who, in thrall to corporate America and Wall Street, respectively, have consistently failed to engage in anything resembling a conversation as cogent as the many I witnessed as I strolled by Occupy Wall Street’s many teach-ins this morning. There were young people teaching one another about, among other things, how the economy works, about the disconnection of investment banking from the economy of goods and services, the history of centralized interest-bearing currency, the creation and growth of the derivatives industry, and about the Obama administration deciding to settle with, rather than investigate and prosecute the investment banking industry for housing fraud.
The members of Occupy Wall Street may be as unwieldy, paradoxical, and inconsistent as those of us living in the real world. But that is precisely why their new approach to protest is more applicable, sustainable and actionable than what passes for politics today.
Excerpts from CNN read the full story.